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Ever since the start of the epidemic back in February 2020, I was one among the many optimists (read: scientific outsiders) who believed this is probably an aggressive version of common flu and will come to an end by October 2020 and in conservative estimates, normal air travel would resume by March 2021. We are now in July 2021 and still reeling in lockdowns caused by the contagious delta strain of the corona virus.

My thoughts and experiences are based out of living in this epidemic with on and off lockdowns issued by the NSW State Government and news coming…


Disclaimer: I am one among the many fans of Pa.Ranjith, the south Indian Film Director who wish him success in his endeavours to make the society more progressive whilst bringing Dalit issues to the mainstream focus and attention.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to watch his latest work, Sarpatta Parambarai, please give it a try. Ever since his first movie, Attakathi, Pa. …


If you haven’t watched Malik, I think you should watch it on the OTT platform, Amazon Prime. It is a masterpiece and essentially a Sacred Games or Paatal Lok on steroids.

When I call “Malik”, a masterpiece, I am factoring in Mahesh Narayanan, the Director’s ability to weave a complex narrative in a 2 hour 40 minute format. The story is centered on Sulaiman or “Ali Ikka” as he is fondly referred to by his community members and played beautifully by Fahad Fasil. In the very opening minutes of the movie, which I believe is a single shot without cuts…


My apologies for a clickbait title. I should have rather titled it “Challenges in documenting Eelam struggle” as I think, it is more appropriate.

Over the last couple of weeks, I had the opportunity to watch both Season 1 and 2 of Family Man, and Methagu. Whilst, you cannot compare “Family Man” with Methagu, as both differ in their production budgets, one produced by the world’s most powerful technology based company, Amazon, and the other, crowd-funded. Both differ in their narrative pace, importance to casting, story, screenplay and directorial style.

One thing, I found from Methagu promotion was — it…


6th Sep 2020

This father’s day, I learnt something immeasurable (or unquantifiable) from my children. It is their unconditional love!

I grew up in a setup where open display of appreciation and love were uncommon. Though I am thankful to have (touch wood) understanding set of parents, they have their own shortcomings courtesy of their upbringing and the generational shifts. I am glad that they have raised and supported me in my life choices and haven’t been overbearing. They were the protective types — a common trait amongst Asian parents.

When I grew up in the 80s and 90s, I…


I find it interesting when Indians greet each other with “Happy independence day” messages. To many of them it would bring back school day memories when an invited chief guest or the school Principal hoists the Indian tricolour flag followed by a shower of rose petals falling freely from the undraped flag and distribution of candy to school children gathered in the assembly.

Many collectorates and secretariats across the nation ceremonially celebrate the day by hoisting flags followed by Police/ National Cadet Corps parade. For many of us who grew up in the environment, it was a holiday and time…


Rephrased extract of an e-mail sent to my children’s school…

I had a philosophical thought based on the recent pandemic due to covid-19 outbreak and with a bit of ramble, I’ll try to connect various dots together. If you are religious and you regularly attend the brokered institutions (Temple / Church / Mosque etc), you should certainly read. Praying to God would not protect you from catching the infection. …


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AnU7tHr6QM

Dear Mr. Khan,

I would like to write an open letter to you so that I can express my socially liberal views in response to your recent speech at the United Nations General Assembly. I hope it reaches you as well as to the wider population that identifies itself with the faith of Islam and believes that they should fight for the rights of muslim brotherhood worldwide.

In the edited speech provided by Al Jazeera, a Qatar based Media, you started well and I admired your impassioned plea for Kashmiris. Your voice was a representation of the people of…


2-player 3 rows each DIY Foosball table

I decided to make a Foosball table after I broke my son’s mini Foosball table which he received as a birthday present. I was probably too enthusiastic in turning the striker rod at my end that I ended up bending it to my son’s disappointment. That was about six months ago and I made it a point to make one that is a pleasure to play with. To factor things in, I had started playing Foosball back in 2004 while in Bayarea (Silicon valley) on a Tornado classic table along with very competent team members. …


Sydney on a beautiful sunshine day

Sydney, once rated in the top 10 most liveable cities ranking, conducted annually by Mercer, is no longer in top 10. Sydney is the kind of city that you’ll fall in love at first sight. A beautiful harbour view with the buzz of city life which can rightly term itself the New York city of Asia-Pacific region for its diversity in demographics and being the financial epicentre in the region.

Sydney — billed by the Australian department of immigration as a multi-cultural city, is in fact a deeply segregated city by suburbs. This is akin to Chicago or Detroit or…

Prasanna

The Japanese kid adopted by Namibian Parents

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